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Many people experience frequent uncontrollable clenching (bruxomania) and/or grinding (bruxism) of their teeth, which can result in serious tooth damage or other health problems. 

Teeth grinding/clenching is most often due to stress, tension and various anxieties or jaw (orthodontic) deformities. It usually occurs at night, which is why most people don’t notice it. What can signal you that you have such a problem is a frequent headache or pain in the jaws, in the chewing muscles or numbness of the teeth. The symptoms are especially pronounced in the morning after waking up. In some cases, teeth grinding can lead to serious problems such as tooth erosion with an underbite (which deepens facial wrinkles around the mouth and gives the face an aged appearance), breaking, loosening or even losing a tooth or a group of teeth.

One very effective solution to control such neuro-reflex motor responses of the maxillofacial muscles is the injection of botulinum toxin (known as Botox/ Dysport). In addition to aesthetic purposes for smoothing facial wrinkles, Botox/ Dysport is also used for medical purposes, as it gives very good results. Injecting Botox/ Dysport temporarily paralyzes the masticatory muscles, making it impossible to contract them for a certain period of time, thus preventing clenching and grinding of the teeth. The procedure does not change the appearance, which is why it is suitable for both women and men.

Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin that blocks the transmission of the nerve impulse from the neuron to the muscle fiber. In this way, the muscle remains in a state of relaxation, i.e. it does not shorten and cannot wrinkle the skin located above it. The effect occurs from 24 hours to 72 hours and reaches its optimum 1-2 weeks later. Botox/ Dysport eliminates clenching and grinding of teeth both during the day and during sleep, and in most cases reduces the soft tissue vibration of relaxed muscles known as snoring.

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